E-discovery providers are primed to make the shift from providing products designed for e-discovery to providing products for much more complex document analytics.   Casepoint is typically thought of as an e-discovery company, although it describes itself as a “leader in cloud-based legal technology solutions.” It recently announced a new iteration to its built-in AI and advanced analytics technology, called CaseAssist.   According to the Casepoint press release, the enhanced technology will “give users more insight and control over the analytics process with enhanced visualization capabilities and configuration templates.” Says Casepoint, the enhancements will provide a continuing learning…
On this Juneteenth, we honor the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, knowing that it is now an official federal holiday. U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on the 17th of June. The holiday, celebrated on the 19th of June every year, commemorates the ending of slavery. It marks the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they were free from bondage, around two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. The communication was issued by U.S. Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and goes as follows. Notice, the latter…
The first time I mentored a colleague, I think I got more out of it than they did, which is never a good way to start a blog about learning. One of the biggest challenges I faced was staying intentional and focused with a mentoring curriculum. I had big ideas about what I wanted to cover (issue number one: “what I wanted to cover”) but often got distracted by addressing questions that came up in daily work. (Fortunately, this isn’t an issue in the Commission’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program. We’ve already put together a guided mentoring plan that provides a…
The Illinois Supreme Court is reallocating attorney registration fees to support organizations dedicated to attorney well-being and access to justice. Last week, the Court amended Rule 756 and Rule 751 to provide $10 from Illinois attorney registration fees to the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) and an additional $10 to the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission). The $10 allocation to LAP will expand its programming that provides confidential mental health and substance abuse support to Illinois lawyers, judges, law students, and their families. The $10 allocation to the ATJ Commission will provide long-term funding for Illinois
Budding lawyers should be prepared to take the bar exam in person beginning next year, according to recently announced plans from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The NCBE said in early June that February 2022 bar exam materials will be made available to jurisdictions for in-person testing only unless public health restrictions prohibit such plans. If this occurs, the NCBE will work with jurisdictions on another solution that will enable candidates to take the exam. Due to COVID-19, the NCBE, which develops the bar exam used in most U.S. jurisdictions, has made testing materials available for both in-person…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we hear from Patrick Krill, an attorney, researcher, and advocate for improved mental health in the legal profession. Patrick discusses his groundbreaking research on attorney well-being, why the employees who employers sent home aren’t the ones who will be returning, and how employers can meet these changing needs. He also asks us to examine our thinking around returning to the office: are we catastrophizing the worse-possible scenario? Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:37 – You have a big study that just came out on attorney…
I am thrilled to have officially joined IAALS as CEO on June 1. Throughout my career—including serving a combined 14 years as law school dean at Hofstra University and Loyola University Chicago, as well as president of Marist College—I’ve had the tremendous privilege of championing values near to my heart: service and the rule of law. That’s why stepping into the CEO position at IAALS, an organization committed to advancing justice for all people and inspiring confidence in our judiciary, is such an extraordinary opportunity, and one I’m incredibly grateful for. IAALS’ work is more important than ever. Efforts to reform…
Positioning itself as offering a simpler and more affordable AI-driven contract management system for mid-market corporate enterprises, startup Lexion has raised $11 million in an oversubscribed Series A round. When combined with its seed round of $4.2 million, total funding for the company is now $15.2 million. The Seattle-based company says its product is intuitive and easy to deploy, while backed by cutting-edge natural language processing developed by a team with deep technical expertise in building sophisticated AI systems. The funding round was led by Khosla Ventures of Menlo Park, Calif., with participation from existing investors Madrona Venture Group and…
Language is a rich resource. Not only do we have the words we’ve inherited over time, but we can make new ones and use them differently. In professions, we have terms of art as well, creating even more nuanced ways of expressing ideas. It has been funny to me watching technology try to manage that nuance. I don’t, of course, mean Nuance, the voice recognition company recently acquired by Microsoft as part of its cloud healthcare push. Nuance is also behind Dragon (aka Dragon Dictate), the long standing voice recognition tool used in the legal profession. It will…
It’s been a little over a half of a century since The Stonewall Riots—a series of demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began on June 28, 1969—at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The Stonewall Riots became a symbol of resistance to the social and political discrimination of the time and it inspired solidarity among homosexual groups. The following year, organizers seeking to build on the spirit of resistance held a march to Central Park with the theme of “Gay Pride.”  Since its beginning, Pride has expanded from that one political…
The truth is law is just not a client service driven business. And it looks like the pandemic has done little to change that. Wolters Kluwer’s 3rd annual Future Ready Lawyer Survey came out this week. The Survey seeks to demonstrate how (or maybe how little) the legal profession is evolving. How ready (or how little) the profession is prepared for the future.   Lots of data and statistics that  pundits like Bob Ambrogi and Richard Tromans have studied and analyzed and provided their views of what the data all means.  What it shows, particularly in the legal tech and…
In today’s episode of How It Works, we learn about LAWCLERK, where attorneys go to hire freelance lawyers and virtual associates. LAWCLERK’s mission is to make general practitioners and law firms more profitable by outsourcing projects to more than 3,600 freelance lawyers with all levels of experience and expertise. To introduce LAWCLERK and demonstrate how it works, I am joined by cofounder Kristin Tyler, who is herself a practicing attorney with the firm Garman Turner Gordon in Law Vegas, Nev. LAWCLERK has no sign-up fees and no monthly fees. Learn more and register for your own account by…
On June 9, IAALS co-hosted the first session of the Redesigning Legal Speaker Series, bringing together over 150 people to learn about and discuss the regulatory changes underway, the challenges they face, and the opportunities they provide. “Leading from the Bench—Expanding Access through Regulatory Innovation” featured a panel including Vice Chief Justice Ann Timmer of Arizona, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack of Michigan, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht of Texas, and Chief Justice Matthew Durrant of Utah. Their conversation was moderated by IAALS’ founding executive director, Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis (Ret.) of Colorado. Video of the event is available below, and a…
E-discovery company Casepoint is today introducing enhancements to CaseAssist, its AI-based active review technology, and to its analytics and classification tools, that it says give users more insight and control over the review process, including enhanced visualization capabilities and configuration templates. One of the first companies to offer a cloud-based, end-to-end e-discovery platform when it launched in 2008, Casepoint was granted three patents last October related to its technology assisted review (TAR) technology, including two linked patents specifically tied to its CaseAssist technology. Among the enhancements included in today’s announcement: Enhancements to data visualization tools and configuration templates. Concept searching,…
I’m excited about the upcoming event in the Exponential.Legal Live series with legal product makers via Zoom. It will be on Wednesday, June 23, at 3:30 EDT. The event features Richard Granat and LaDierdre McKinney, who will share their stories about productization of legal services in for-profit and non-profit sections, and their insights and perspectives. Attendees will also get the chance to the guests their questions. You can register and get the attendance information by going to the Exponential.Legal website and submitting your email address. What could be easier? While on the website, take the opportunity to check…